Welcome to your live thread for today’s friendly between the United States Women's National Team and Romania at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. This is the second match between the two countries in four days, after they met for the first time on Thursday in San Jose’s Avaya Stadium. The USWNT clobbered the visitors, 8-1, in that match-up.
It’s the final game of the 2016 calendar year for the U.S. women, who are now 21-0-3 this year. This is your weekly reminder that the penalty shootout loss in the Olympics against Sweden officially counts as a draw. The USWNT should put Romania away again and finish the calendar year unbeaten.
Four Orlando Pride players are in the team for these friendlies. Kristen Edmonds and Ali Krieger were left out of the 18 on Thursday, so there’s a good chance both will dress tonight. Ashlyn Harris played Thursday so she’ll likely be on the bench. Alex Morgan scored a brace in 45 minutes in the first meeting with Romania. She may start or could be left out of the 18 completely. Who knows?
Romania is No. 36 in FIFA’s world rankings, finishing second in its group in Euro qualifying. However, the team lost its playoff due to the away goal rule after a pair of draws with Portugal.
Forward Laura Rus was a thorn in the side of the U.S. in the first meeting, and No. 9 will bear watching. Other players to watch include forwards Alexandra Lunca and midfielders Adina Giurgiu and Andreea Voicu.
Notables missing for the U.S. include Carli Lloyd and Meghan Klingenberg.
Goalkeepers (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Menges (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars).
Midfielders (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Andi Sullivan (Stanford).
Forwards (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Jessica McDonald (Western New York Flash), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash).
Goalkeepers (2): Roxana Oprea (Olimpia Cluj), Linda Kajtar.
Defenders (5): Andreea Corduneanu (Olimpia Cluj), Lidia Havristiuc (Olimpia Cluj), Maria Ficzay (Medyk Konin, POL), Ana Maria Gorea (ASA Târgu Mures), Teodora Meluta (Olimpia Cluj).
Midfielders (7): Ioana Bortan (Olimpia Cluj), Adina Giurgiu (Olimpia Clurj), Raluca Sarghe (Konak Belediyespor, TUR), Ştefania Vătafu (Olimpia Cluj), Andreea Voicu (Olimpia Cluj), Beatrice Tarasila (Olimpia Cluj), Cristina Carp (Olimpia Clurj).
Forwards (5): Laura Rus (Icheon Daekyo, KOR), Alexandra Lunca (Olimpia Cluj), Mara Batea (Olimpia Cluj), Mihaela Ciolacu (Olimpia Cluj), Loredana Popa (Olimpia Cluj).
How to Watch
Match Time: 9:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: StubHub Center — Carson, CA.
Streaming: FOX Soccer 2 Go.
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